Facebook is expanding its “Today” in local news feature to more cities.
The social media company rolled out the feature in six cities at the beginning of the year, providing local weather, community information and some local news stories from media companies. The six cities in the first trial were Billings, Mont.; Binghamton, N.Y.; Little Rock, Ark.; New Orleans; Olympia, Wash.; and Peoria, Ill.
In a Facebook Media blog post this week Local News Product Manager Althea Watson Strong said the test had gone well and the company would add new cities “over the next few weeks.”
The cities are:
Anderson, SC; Bismarck, ND; Bloomington, IL; Boise, ID; Charleston, WV; Chattanooga, TN; Columbia, SC; Decatur, IL; Franklin, TN; Evansville, IN; Greensboro, NC; Greenville, SC; Huntsville, AL; Poughkeepsie, NY; Lafayette, LA; Lakeland, FL; Macon, GA; Myrtle Beach, SC; Santa Rosa, CA; Sarasota, FL; Saint Joseph, MO; San Angelo, TX; Shreveport, LA; Tyler, TX; York, PA
Users in those cities can find the new section in the Facebook app by tapping the menu (☰) and then tapping on “Today In.” Users can also opt in to receive daily updates under the feed.
“We plan to experiment with new types of content by adding new features to show on Today In, including breaking news, local alerts and school information,” Strong said.
Facebook also says it will start a small test with some first responders, helping them communicate local emergency alerts on Facebook, something the company said users have indicated they want. The local alert indicator will appear in both News Feed and Today In.